Apply for our free Climate Journalism Fellowship


Free Press Unlimited is excited to announce its 2023 Climate Journalism Fellowship. Apply for our free Climate Journalism Fellowship: Climate Change in the era of disinformation - challenges and solutions. Do you want to avoid fake news in Climate journalism? Would you like to strengthen your communication skills with scientists and other climate experts? Then read on!

Climate Journalism Fellowships will enable fellows to tell a better climate story and inform their audience by creating stories that go beyond highlighting the problem and come with constructive solutions.

It is part of the European Excellence Exchange in Journalism (E³J) project, which aims to unleash the combined potential of European values and cross-border collaboration for better journalism and a healthier information space. By promoting the production and dissemination of quality contents and providing quality and science based alternatives to disinformation, Free Press Unlimited encourages a better media reporting of cross-border issues, while stimulating public debate and ultimately strengthening social cohesion.

This Fellowship under the E³J project is not only a great opportunity to gain knowledge about and skills in relevant climate topics of your choice, it’s also a great chance to build your network around Europe and engage with journalists beyond your country/region. The fellowship is open for 10 European mid-level journalists with a proven history of writing climate stories for local media in the past 12 months. If not, the candidate should be able to demonstrate his/her deep interest in climate stories otherwise.

Free Press Unlimited covers the full cost of travel & accommodation for the F2F workshop in Amsterdam and up to 8 weeks online mentoring for writing and publishing 2 articles on climate change topics of your choice. The topics may vary from coal mining, to air pollution, to energy, deforestation, biodiversity, water/floods, corruption, policy issues - whatever is relevant for your community or country.

The Fellowship

The fellowship will be held in English, and will consist of:

  • A F2F Workshop in Amsterdam (February 2023)

A 2,5 days workshop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with in-depth sessions for 8-10 journalists with various modules on accessing and interpreting relevant data, on engaging with climate data to tell locally-relevant stories, and using them to hold elected officials accountable for climate action; but also on relationship with scientists, connection of climate change with security, migration and health issues and – last but not least - on innovative climate storytelling formats.

  • Small group and individual mentoring throughout the fellowship when producing two articles on climate change (March and April 2023)

After the workshop, within an 8 week period, you will write and publish 2 articles on climate change relevant for your country/city/region. You will receive mentoring from our experienced trainer/mentor on the writing process, selection of sources but also with the publication of your 2 stories.

  • Opportunity to work on collaborative stories with other journalists from Europe (from May 2023)

After the publication of your articles, you will get the chance to apply for a grant of €3000 to produce one collaborative article on a cross-border climate issue together with a media outlet of your choice. You will be supported during your pitch by our experienced trainer/mentor. (This option is voluntary and will need the approval of your outlets supervisor.)

Commitments of a Climate Journalism Fellow

If you get selected for this opportunity, you’ll be expected to:

  • Attend our face-to-face 2,5 day workshop in Amsterdam from 15 till 17 February 2023

  • Produce and publish 2 articles or other journalistic productions on climate change before 1 May 2023

  • Be available for online preparation calls/ small assignments before the workshop

  • Active participation in bi-weekly group/peers-to-peer/individual coaching sessions, in the 2 months after the workshop, supporting and inspiring fellow journalist with your input/feedback

Who is invited to apply?

We invite independent journalists from all EU countries and candidate countries: aspiring but also experienced climate journalists and editors, producers, desk-reporters and reporters who report on climate news. Freelancers who specialize in climate change are also welcome.

Staff or freelance journalists from or residing in EU member and candidate countries, especially in Baltic countries, Visegrád Four and Southern Europe.

Journalists who work in media organizations that are state owned and/or editorially controlled by state authorities are not eligible for the Fellowship.

How to apply (procedure)

  1. Please submit your CV and motivation letter, which explains the specific reason for applying, the climate change problem you want to address/know more about and the story you propose to write.

  2. If you are working for the independent media outlets, you need to enclose a letter of support from your chief-editor (or network/ad-hoc group).

  3. All applications need to be submitted in English. The applications will not be judged based on the level of the English language, but on the quality of the motivation and proposed content.

  4. We will invite shortlisted applicants to the online pitching session where they can pitch their story to the Climate Journalism Consultant and two FPU staff and answer their questions. The presentation at the pitching session should be approximately 5 minutes and should follow the structure of the application form.

  5. After the pitching sessions, we will select the Fellows.

Selection criteria

The jury, consisting of Climate Journalism Consultant in close collaboration with Free Press Unlimited, will guide its decision by the following criteria:

  • Motivation

  • Relevance of applicant’s climate change issue / story

  • Reach and Impact of applicant’s issue/story

  • Applicants’ experience and approach to collaborative and ethical journalism

  • Commitment to the Fellowship trajectory

Additionally, the jury will look to ensure a balance across:

  • Target countries

  • Proposed story themes

  • Applicants’ experience

  • Freelance and employed journalists


  • January 2nd - January 15th 2023 - Ask us Anything about the fellowship, per email/call

  • January 15th 2023 - Application deadline

  • January 23rd to January 26th 2023 - Pitching sessions

  • February 1st 2023 - Fellowships announced

  • February 15th to February 17th 2023 - Workshop in Amsterdam

  • February 20th to April 20th 2023 - Writing and publishing the 2 articles and active participation in the group mentoring (peer-to-peer) sessions

  • May 2023 - applying for the cross-border collaborative grants on the issue for Climate Change (optional)

About our programme

This Climate Journalism Fellowship is part of the European Excellence Exchange in Journalism (E³J) project. It aims to unleash the combined potential of European values and cross-border collaboration for better journalism and a healthier information space.

E³J is carried out in partnership of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), the Permanent Conference of the Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM), Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) and the Community Media Institute for Continuing Education, Research and Consulting (COMMIT). This unique consortium brings together a network of member organisations, partnerships and individuals across Europe. By joining forces and expertise, it combines a range of preceding initiatives to build on, such as the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) and the Collaborative and Investigative Journalism Initiative (CIJI). With E³J's holistic and integrated concept, our project stimulates trustworthy information for European audiences interested in climate change, public health and migration.

E³J is co-funded by the European Commission under the Creative Europe Programme (CREA, NEWS-Journalism partnerships).

Please submit your application before 15ht of January 2023 to

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